The best looks from back in the days

Retro is back in fashion! In fact, it never really left. Bollywood has given us not only a fabulous array of movies but a thriving fashion scene too. So much so, that some looks have created history, and some have gone on to achieve the coveted title of being epic. That’s the power of retro. It packs a punch and knocks you out with a fashion statement so strong, that even decades later, these undeniably classic looks make headlines, steal the spotlight and ensure they are always the talk of the town.

So join us as we take a walk down memory lane and visit the most iconic style statements of Bollywood.

1. Sarees

The whole seven yards

Touted to be the most sensuous attire, the saree has been redefining fashion through the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Right from the OG retro queen Mumtaz who took the world by storm in her bright orange body-hugging drape, to Sridevi, whose blue chiffon saree set a gazillion hearts ablaze, and of course, Madhuri Dixit’s dazzling purple satin saree, aplomb with a backless blouse, this humble attire not only caught the attention of the fashion police but garnered a cult fan-following too.

2. Lehengas

Twirl and swirl in all its glory

While flashy lehengas were always around, it was only in the 90s that these flamboyant, glitzy ensembles gained popularity. While Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made lehengas look effortless and classy in the hit film ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, it was the ace, magnum opus director Mr. Bhansali, who infused life into these extravagant pieces and ensured a larger-than-life visual treat for his audience. Little wonder then, that these magnificent lehengas are caught the fancy of many.

3. Overalls

A little sporty, a little sassy

More popularly known as Dungarees, this super-comfy attire was put on the map by Kajol in the award-winning movie ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’. Not to forget, this hipster classic also found its way in Jennifer Aniston aka Rachel Greene’s wardrobe in F.R.I.E.N.D.S. This 90s hipster classic was generation-defining, with scores of women making it their style statement. Cute, casual and comfortable, this tomboyish outfit is pure love!

4. Overlined lips

An over-the-top fashion favourite

While today’s generation believes that less is more, the good ol’ days were the polar opposite. With an out-of-the-box fashion scene revving up the 80s, the out-of-the-line lip was a fashion favourite. Going overboard with lipstick and applying it generously over the lip-line was a trend that soon caught on. This not only make lips look fuller and more sensuous but also made for the perfect pout.

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5. Exaggerated liner

As bold as it gets

Right from the early 60s to the 80s, a bold exaggerated liner was a makeup staple. A thick swipe of black liner generously smeared into a perfect winged eye was what most leading ladies opted for. This look not only accentuated the eyes but also ensured it added the much-needed drama on-screen. Needless to say, this look was a runaway success off-screen too as women played up their eyes and flaunted it with élan.

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6. The fringe

A cut above the rest

The Fringe or more popularly known as the ‘Sadhana Cut’, was a rage in the 60s. Inspired by Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn, this cutesy fringe created history and had the style police in a tizzy. Exuding a vintage charm and timeless femininity, Sadhana immortalized this hairstyle for generations to come. Even after all these years, this style remains a favourite even today.

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7. The bouffant

The big Bollywood style statement

This fashion fad back in the day was big, very literally so. With hair piled up on top, and loose wisps framing the fame, this look was popularized by A-listers like Mumtaz, Sharmila Tagore, Sadhana, Saira Banu, and the likes. It has since then gained a loyal following with many Bollywood beauties today following suit, and giving it their own twist, like a half bouffant. Undoubtedly, this hairstyle is a class act.

You can love it, you can hate it, but you can’t ignore it. These looks have stood the test of time, and it’s only a matter of time before some of these make a smashing comeback. After all, styles may come and go, but these Bollywood stunners, are here to stay.

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